A few months ago I read a post by Kaleena at Reader Voracious about sharing favorite backlist books. I’ve definitely gotten into the habit of focusing more on ARCs and new releases rather than backlist books on my shelves/backlist library books I want to read. I decided to share some of my favorite backlist books that I’ve read recently (and by recently I mean mostly 2019, but there are also two books I read in 2018 but had to include)! I definitely want to make this a reoccurring series on my blog because I love reading backlist books, and want to talk about some of the books I’ve been reading recently that aren’t new.
Rising Strong – I’m a huge Brene Brown fan, and was so excited when I picked up this title for a buddy read. I loved reading about how it’s important to be vulnerable, and that it’s normal to fail, and it’s going to happen no matter what but you have to pick yourself up and remind yourself that growth happens when you’re uncomfortable.
Sourdough – I was obsessed with Robin Sloan’s first book when I read it a few years ago. I remember when Sourdough came out, I really wanted to read it but just never got around to it. I finally picked it up at the beginning of 2019 and omg I can’t believe it took me so long to get to it. It was so, so good! It definitely made me want to start making my own bread.
Where’d You Go Bernadette – Another book I’d meant to read a few years ago but never got to. I’m so glad I finally picked this up, because it was a fun, quirky, and quick read! I’m super excited about the movie coming out for this one!
The Fifth Season – I bought this book two years ago I think, and put it to the side after not being able to get past the first fifty pages. I finally picked it up for the second time towards the end of 2018, and loved it.
Just Mercy – Another book I picked up at the end of 2018 but had to include on this list. It took me a while to get through this book because it was so hard and heavy. It’s written by Bryan Stevenson, the founder of The Equal Justice Initiative, where he represents inmates on death row. This is such an important book, that I highly recommend.
Kulti – I’m a pretty new Mariana Zapata fan, and I’m so upset that it took me so long to pick up any of her books. Kulti is actually the third book of hers I picked up this year, but omg definitely such a good one. If you haven’t read anything by Zapata yet, do it
Saga – I’ve been wanting to expand my reading, and one way is to read graphic novels. I heard lots of good things about Saga, and I’m so glad I finally picked up the first volume from my library! I binge read this whole series pretty quickly, and I need more!